Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

Gently - and gloriously - nudging perfection.

Now a fully formed trio – rather than singer/multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson’s singular project – the Portland-based psych-rock outfit’s second album is an absolute triumph. From opener ‘From The Sun’, which recalls George Harrison-psychedelia, to the tender Family Stone shuffle of the closing of ‘Secret Xtians’, ‘II’ displays both a glowing warmth in its production and a deft use of space that illuminate Nielson’s superbly-crafted compositions. The seven-minute ‘Monki’ is a woozy lullaby – akin to drifting off to an opioid-induced sleep – while 2013 is unlikely to birth a more sublime shimmer of surf-pop than ‘So Good At Being In Trouble’. Gently – and gloriously – nudging perfection.



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